I heard a speaker at a workshop say once that after you are published, you spend more time marketing than you do writing. I didn’t believe it, of course. I love my writing and want to spend my time with that love.
That thought has stayed with me as I’ve journeyed through the publication of my first book, and now my second. My third is a picture book, Love Hugs and Hope, a book about helping children deal with tragedy. My fourth one is coming out this fall. Becoming Free, A Woman’s Guide to Inner Strength. Little by little—like the story of the frog getting cooked when the heat was turned up slowly by degrees—I am spending more time marketing.
I do enjoy the social media and book signings, but I love writing. Sometimes I just ignore the marketing and spend the day writing. I am so happy when I do that, but part of me feels guilty because I didn’t follow up on a blog post or a signing.
I look at those who are very good at social media and marketing and wish I could be a little better. Sometimes I feel inadequate—nobody really wants to read what I have to say.
Do you every feel that way?
And then I have someone come up to you and say, “I loved reading your book.” I was signing at the DUP International Convention last week and a young girl was there with her mother. She bought “Texting Through Time, A Trek with Brigham Young.” She went to a corner and sat down to read it. In a little while she came back and said, “I love your book. It is great!”
That makes all the difference. That’s what it’s all about.